Gambhir takes away World Cup 2011 credit from Dhoni

India won their second World Cup in 2011 under the captaincy of Dhoni

By Web Desk
June 12, 2023
Gautam Gambhir (L) and MS Dhoni with World Cup trophy (R) - ICC

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said MS Dhoni wasn't the main reason behind their World Cup glory in 2011. 

Speaking in a viral interview, Gambhir claimed that PR and marketing hype individuals too much in Indian cricket. 

"He [Dhoni] says that he won us the World Cup. But in reality, Yuvraj Singh took us to the World Cup finals, be it in 2011 or T20 World Cup in 2007. Why nobody talks about him?" he questioned. 

"It's all about PR and marketing which hype particular players too much. People call some players underrated, but nobody talks about who made them underrated.

"World Cups are won by the efforts of the whole team. A single player can't win you a World Cup, otherwise, India could have won 5-10 World Cups by now," he said. 

India won their second World Cup in 2011 under the captaincy of Dhoni. They beat Sri Lanka in the final to lift the coveted trophy. Gambhir was also part of India's World Cup-winning squad. 

Dhoni is one of the finest captains Indian cricket has ever produced. Under his captaincy, India won ICC T20 World Cup's inaugural edition in 2007, ICC World Cup in 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.

CSK won all of their IPL titles under the captaincy of Dhoni. They won the cash-rich league in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021.

A lot of young Indian players were groomed by Dhoni in his captaincy era. The world's finest batter Virat Kohli was also polished under the leadership of the wicketkeeper batter.